When you need extensive dental work, such as getting dental implants, you might worry about the procedure’s impact on your wallet. Some Australians try to save money on important procedures like dental implants by taking their dental work overseas.

While overseas dentists do often promise to do the job for cheap, there are dangers you must be aware of before you eagerly start booking flights. This blog post discusses the three most important reasons why taking your dental work overseas may not work out for you in the long-term.

1. The Dentists Are Not Always Qualified

When you sit in the dentist chair of Cambridge City Dental, you don't have to wonder whether the dentist treating you is qualified. The Dental Board of Australia holds a list of all registered practitioners in this country, so reassuring yourself about your dentist’s qualifications is one quick Internet search away.

Heading overseas for discount dental care, however, doesn't give you the same comfortable reassurance. How can you be sure the person treating you has had the same extensive training as an Australian dentist?

In some reported instances, overseas dentists have placed framed dental certificates in their offices, but the certificates were later proven to be fake. If you go overseas to get your dental work done, you might have a more difficult time figuring out if your dentist really is qualified to offer you implants.

Don't take the risk of having an inexperienced amateur working in your mouth. The Australian Dental Association regulates all dentists and handles any complaints you have with your care. Having your dental implants installed in Australia means you can have complete peace of mind about the quality of work you receive.

2. Not All Dental Work Can Be Completed Quickly

Heading overseas for dental work does not just involve the cost of the procedure. You also have to allow for time off work, flights, accommodation, travel insurance, meals and more. However, you must also remember that completion of some dental procedures takes more than just one visit to a dentist's office.

For example, take a look at the process for dental implants. Implants take place in two stages, usually in two visits. First, the dentist attaches a titanium screw to the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth. Then, after the gum tissue and bone around the implant have healed, the dentist attaches a crown to the titanium screw. The healing period between the two processes is six months minimum.

Obviously, you cannot remain on holiday overseas for six months, so you now have to factor double costs for airfares, accommodation, time off work and other expenses. Any foreign dental practitioner who tells you a dental implant is a one-visit procedure is wrong. The titanium rod needs bone to grow around it to keep it in place, and this process takes time.

3. You Have to Get Repair Work When Things Go Wrong

Finally, if you did have dental work done overseas and something went wrong on your return, how would you rectify the problem? Most people can’t just hop on a plane and head back over to the country they just visited in the hope of sorting things out.

Complicating the problem, certain issues like dental infections don't show themselves right away. Infections may develop slowly under the teeth and not show up for months. By the time you notice gum or tooth discolouration, the infection could have been raging for a long time.

You’ll need professional medical assistance to address your infection and ensure your implant is still stable. The cost of doing the repair work could outweigh the money you saved by traveling to Asia for the initial procedure.

While saving a few dollars may seem appealing when it comes to having big dental jobs done, the risks should be a significant deterrent. Having your dental implants done at Cambridge City Dental means you get access to clean, sterile equipment and well-trained dentists. We do our best to ensure every procedure is successful, and our clean, up-to-date facilities reduce all risks to our patients’ health.